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FIBER UP FOR A LIGHTER FEELING!

Updated on July 26, 2009

"Don’t let constipation weigh you down...."

Are you always feeling tired and weighed down because of constipation? Do you have that feeling of fullness most of the time just because you can’t “get it all out?” Yet are you also the type to shy away from medications because they are simply “too chemically prepared” or could cause your digestive system to go haywire? Fret no more! There is a natural solution to your constipation and it is just as easy as drinking water.

The power juice

Pineapple juice has, for many years, been a regular part of every household beverage repertoire. Its sweet-sour taste provides a refreshing feeling making it combine perfectly with any meal of the day.

What many people don’t realize is that this fruit juice actually has a lot of health benefits. It can provide protection against certain cancers because of its naturally inherent phytochemicals, which fight off free radicals. It is also known to protect against heart disease. It can be used to control weight and improve blood sugar control in type 2 diabetics. And it can also be helpful in alleviating constipation.

The need for fiber

Bowel movement once in three days does not necessarily mean you are constipated. When  you are constipated, you  normally strain yourself during bowel movement, having to pass hard and dry stools less than three times weekly. Constipated gives you a bloated, uncomfortable feeling, and my lead to a build-up of toxins in your body. When this happens, you become more prone to certain forms of cancer such as that of the colon.

The main cause of constipation is insufficient intake of either dietary fiber or fluids. Other factors can also come to play: age, stress, depression, pregnancy and other illnesses. Certain medications could also cause the disorder.

If you are one of the many people who suffer from constipation, a lifestyle change is the best way to go. Eat more high-fiber foods, and limit those that are high in fat but low in fiber. Drink plenty of fluids and increase your  physical activity.

The perfect choice

according to the American Dietetic association, dietary fiber should be obtained by consuming minimally processed fruits, vegetables and legumes. They don’t only provide fiber, but also micronutrients, antioxidants and phytoestrogens.

Pure pineapple juice provides all these essential elements in the diet. It is rich in fiber and high in vitamin C. It also contains an enzyme called bromelain, which aids in food digestion by breaking down protein.

 

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